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Travel – One Perfect Day In

Cindy Loe, Ph.D.

Travel the world with Cindy, and sometimes her family and friends, as she shares information and her love of travel. Topics include: General Travel Hacks, Avoiding Travel Scams, Walking Tours; Overviews and Tips for visiting Italy 2018: Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Cinque Terre (Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore); Munich, Boppard, Bacharach, Rhine River, and Neuschwanstein, Germany; London, England: Thames Walk, Westminster Walk, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Walk; Bergen, Norway; Normandy, France; Nashville, Tennessee; Hawaii: Waikiki, North Shore, Oahu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai, Volcanoes National Park, Pride of America Cruise; Copenhagen, Denmark; Walt Disney World in Orlando: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs; Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Innsbruck, Austria; Switzerland: Zurich, Lucerne, Lugano, Engelberg, Mount Titlis; Washington, DC; Ireland 2018: Killarney, Dublin, Waterford, Howth, Limerick, Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Dublin Christian Sights; Holy Land Experience in Orlando; Atlanta Botanical Garden; Helen, Georgia, US; London Walking Tours; Holiday Travel; Getty Center in Los Angeles and Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California; and San Antonio, Texas.

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Oct 7, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Did you know you can spend a perfect week in Oahu, Hawaii, and swim on Waikiki Beach, walk through a rain forest, visit waterfalls, snorkel in the most beautiful bay in all of Hawaii, and climb Diamond Head Crater? You can see giant turtles, Pearl Harbor, thirty-foot waves, and the laid back North Shore highlights. Enjoy kayaking, a catamaran ride, surf lessons, and great food. And, you can do this all in one week, including flying non-stop roundtrip from most large airports in the United...
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Sep 19, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Visit Cooperstown, New York, to experience a quintessential American small town and the world-class National Baseball Hall of Fame. See memorabilia from baseball heroes of yesterday and today as you learn the story of baseball and how it intertwines with the story of America. Visit Doubleday Field, where some of the first baseball games were played. Shop on Main Street for specialty items and souvenirs. When the weather is nice, have lunch overlooking Otsego Lake, and end your perfect day with...
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Sep 7, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Use this Switzerland summer travel plan as an itinerary for visiting the top of the Swiss Alps near Engelberg, see the sights in Lucerne, relax along the border between Italy and Switzerland in Lugano, and enjoy the many cultural delights in Zurich. If you enjoy seeing world-class art, see works of art by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, and more in Lucerne. If you enjoy boating, take a boat ride in Lugano, Lucerne, and Zurich. If you enjoy shopping, visit boutique shops and name brand shops like...
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Aug 8, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Did you know that the Walt Disney family has developed a world-class museum in The Presidio Complex of San Francisco? The museum highlights the accomplishments and life of Walt Disney, the man.  Through his amazing story, the museum seeks to inspire others to develop their own imagination and strive to reach their goals. Click the audio bar at the bottom of this article to listen to my podcast with Kirsten Komoroske, the Executive Director of the museum. Then, take a virtual walk through the...
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Aug 5, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you are traveling to San Francisco, consider these 11 awesome San Francisco Area Travel Experiences. Take some time to follow the Barbary Coast Trail or take the San Francisco Time Machine Tour with Emperor Norton to learn about the city’s historic gold rush days. See paintings by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt at the Legion of Honor Museum. Drive out to Napa Valley for an afternoon and take an aerial tram to enjoy a special wine tasting experience overlooking Sterling Vineyards....
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Jul 18, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Did you know that the stairs Jesus walked up to face Pontius Pilot are now located in Rome? Did you know that you can see relics of the Passion of Christ, including thorns from the Crown of Thorns and pieces of the Holy Cross in Rome? Did you know that wood from the crib of Jesus from Bethlehem is located in central Rome? Of course, you can’t miss the Mamertine Prison where Saint Peter and Saint Paul may have been imprisoned. So, if you are in Rome, don’t just visit the two major Christian...
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Jul 8, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Use this guide to plan your visit to the burial place of Saint Paul just outside of the ancient walls of central Rome in the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, near where Paul was beheaded in the year AD 67.  Learn about the life and death of Paul from the mosaics, artwork, and architecture of the basilica. Most importantly, grow in your own faith as you experience a unique closeness with the Apostle Paul in the most important church dedicated to him and to his preaching. Click on the...
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If you are exploring the Italian Riviera on the northwestern coastline of Italy, consider staying on the coast in the lovely and affordable town of Rapallo. Transportation to and from Rapallo is quick and easy from Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Genoa via car, train, and ferry. The town itself has an old market, a small castle, a nice beach, sea view restaurants in a variety of price ranges, and a variety of hotel and lodging options. Use this plan with suggested walking tour, maps, and podcast...
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Jun 16, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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See all five lands of the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy with this plan and podcast. Start your day in Monterosso with shopping, great views, time on the beach and/or a wine tasting lunch. Then, take the train or ferry to Vernazza for an ice cream or shopping. Next, take the ferry to see Manarola and Corniglia from the sea if the weather allows. End your visit in Riomaggiore where you can shop, have dinner, and see the sights of special town. Read the information below...
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Immerse yourself in the comprehensive Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Learn about the horrific era of slavery. Be inspired by the courageous individuals who fought, and continue to fight, against prejudice. See artifacts from the past and present representing the impact of African American leaders in the United States in the fields of politics, sports, television, medicine, music, and more. Use this guide to...
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May 5, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Be sure to visit the new Museum of the Bible while visiting Washington, D.C. The huge museum contains one of the largest collections of Bible artifacts in the world, and it is located only two blocks from the National Mall. In the technologically-advanced museum, guests can “fly” above Washington, D.C. to view Bible verses on many of the famous buildings, see Bibles owned by Thomas Jefferson and other Presidents of the United States, and walk through educational exhibits while learning...
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Apr 20, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Use this plan to see 27 top sights in Washington, D.C. over the course of five days of visiting world-class attractions. Suggestions for dining and advance planning, as well as ideas for modifying the plan if you have more or less time to spend in Washington, D.C. are included. Click on the audio bar at the end of this post to listen to the accompanying podcast for even more tips for enjoying Washington, D.C.   Day 1 Highlights: National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Amphibious Duck Tour,...
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Apr 14, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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I have seen first-hand the educational benefits of travel. Did you know these benefits are well documented in research? As you think about traveling, consider the educational benefits for yourself and for your children. If you have followed my blogs and podcasts, you know that I am a former teacher, principal, and school superintendent. As a traveler and as an educator, I thought it might help to summarize some of the key educational benefits of travel with some research citations, too. Be sure...
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Mar 22, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Use this day planner to enjoy a perfect day at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, one of the world’s top art museums. Take the tram to the top of the hill and admire the Los Angeles skyline from the unique perspective of the Getty Center. Take a free tour of the highlights of the collections, including paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and Rembrandt. Have lunch at the renowned Getty Center Restaurant overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains. Learn about the unique architecture on...
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Mar 17, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Take this 3-mile self-guided walking tour from Hillerød station to visit Frederiksborg Castle and gardens and to stop in the town center of Hillerød and shop before returning to the station. Or, skip some of the walk by taking the Frederiksborg Ferry along the lake from the ferry stop near the castle gardens to the town center area. Visiting Hillerød makes a nice day trip from Copenhagen. Just take the S-Train (Line E) from Copenhagen to Hillerød. The ride takes around 45 minutes, and it is...
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Mar 14, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you are visiting Nashville, Tennessee, whether you are a Country Music fan or not, you will probably want to check out the country music highlights in the birthplace of country music. Follow along with this article, walking tour, and podcast to get an overview of the main country music sights and, if you are a fan of country music, step inside some of the museums and music halls described to enjoy country music and learn even more about those who made it famous. You can also follow along...
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Mar 10, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you are planning a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, be sure to swim and enjoy water sports on the beach, see the alligators in the Florida Everglades on an airboat tour, visit historic attractions like the Bonnet House, shop in the famous Las Olas district, and take a Jungle Cruise as you admire millionaires’ homes on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale. Transportation options, including the Sun Trolley and the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, are fun ways to get from place to place!...
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Mar 8, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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When I am asked to plan a perfect two week trip to Ireland, I recommend Dublin as a base for the majority of sightseeing, with side trips to Killarney, Waterford, Howth, and Limerick, along with tours of the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange. I recommend at least four days in Dublin to include Dublin Castle, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery,...
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Feb 20, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Recently I had the opportunity to reflect on travel past, present, and future with travel podcaster Laura Hoffman of Amidlife Traveler. We talked about our current and past travels and what we each plan for future travels. As we reflected on the benefits of travel, we discussed common travel tips that we share as world travelers. We each prioritize travel in order to grow as a family and to learn more about the world by actually experiencing different cultures. We talked about some of the...
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Feb 13, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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In Sainte-Mère-Église, the town in France where the first of the Normandy battles of World War II began, visit the famous church with stained glass windows with paratroopers surrounding the Virgin Mary, the World War II Airborne Museum, and landmarks around the town depicting its famous history, especially during the D-Day Battle. As my husband and I strolled through the quaint town and visited the sites honoring the special time in history, we felt gratitude for the people of Normandy for...
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Feb 5, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Walk through Air Force One in the middle of the huge airplane hangar at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. See a large section of the Berlin Wall that United States President Reagan so famously stood in front of when he exclaimed, “Mr. Gorbashev, tear down this wall!” Visit the memorial site of President Reagan and his beloved wife, Nancy. Stand inside the full-scale replica of the Oval Office in the White House, decorated exactly as it was when Ronald Reagan was the 40th...
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Jan 17, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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When Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys in September of 2017, many feared the worst for Key West. Thankfully, Key West largely rebounded within a month of the storm! So, I updated my Key West travel guide for 2018, “Key West 2018: One Perfect Trip Travel Guide,”  on Amazon and Kindle. Key West attractions, as well as hotels, restaurants, bars, sunset cruises, kayaking, jet ski tours, entertainment experiences, and activity choices are included in the book. For this article, I have...
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Jan 11, 2018 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Many of San Antonio’s sights are located near the famous River Walk and can easily be reached by foot and/or riverboat. So, stay in a hotel on or near the River Walk and join in all or some of this four-mile walking tour to visit 11 San Antonio sights. These sights include The Alamo, the most visited historic landmark in all of Texas; the Menger Hotel where future United States President Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders; the San Antonio River Walk; and more historic sights, museums,...
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Dec 24, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Planning a Hawaiian cruise in 2018? I am! And, I am planning to repeat much of what I have done in the past on the Pride of America cruise ship on the Norwegian Cruise Line cruise that begins and ends in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii every Saturday. My husband and I plan to enjoy Oahu and then board the cruise to see the Road to Hana, Mount Haleakula, and Lahaina on Maui; Volcanoes National Park near Hilo and Coffee Plantations in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii; and Princeville and the Nā Pali...
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Dec 22, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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I have visited Maui, Hawaii, many times and enjoy it more each visit. For the past several trips, my husband and I have visited Maui as a two-day stop on the Pride of America cruise ship. On our trip we try to drive the road to Hana, visit the top of Mount Haleakala Crater at sunrise, shop and dine in the former Kingdom of Hawaii’s capital of Lahaina, watch windsurfers, have dinner at Mama’s Fish House, and enjoy some of the best waterfalls, beaches, and views in all of Hawaii. I have put...
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Dec 19, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you are visiting Oahu, Hawaii, be sure to take some time to get outside of Waikiki to visit all that the island has to offer. Pay your respects at Pearl Harbor; step on the USS Missouri, the last World War II battleship of the United States; go snorkeling and swimming at Hanauma Bay; climb the Diamond Head volcanic crater that looms large above Waikiki; visit a tropical rainforest and hike to the Manoa Falls there; and spend some time swimming or kayaking along some of Hawaii’s best...
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Dec 15, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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When visiting Oahu, Hawaii, be sure to take a day to visit the North Shore. On the way there, stop at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl Cemetery, and the Dole Pineapple Plantation. On the North Shore, get a famous shave ice at Matsumoto Shave Ice and shop in Haleiwa Town, swim and relax at the beach at Waimea Bay Beach Park, see the huge turtles at Laniakea Beach, watch the surfers ride the Banzai Pipeline, and enjoy a drink or a meal at Turtle Bay Resort or...
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Dec 10, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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This article with podcast is adapted from my new Amazon book, “Epcot 2018: One Perfect Day in Disney World”. The book is designed as an Epcot 2018 travel guide and day planner to help provide the best use of your time and money while enjoying the Future World and World Showcase attractions and dining at Epcot. Must-see attractions are included in one-fast paced day that can be spread over several days if you have more time or wish to proceed at a slower pace. For more information and more...
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Dec 5, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Travel just two hours north of Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States by car to reach the Bavarian town of Helen. Helen is a tourist town that celebrates its history as a Native American cultural region, a center of the gold rush that began when gold was discovered in Georgia in 1828, a railroad town in the early 1900’s, and its eventual redesign as a Bavarian village. Beyond its cultural heritage, visitors travel to Helen for its natural beauty and outdoor activities, including river rafting...
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Dec 1, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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As you know if you have followed my travels through my podcasts and blogs, I love to really get to know places by walking from sight to sight wherever possible. I create walks using the mapping tools on walkli.com, so I can easily explain the places I visit, show the maps in detail, and include pictures of the sights you will see at each stop as you travel along the walking tour and follow the map. In this blog and accompanying podcast, I interview the founder and CEO of walkli, Jeff Peo, and...
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Nov 26, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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When I am asked to plan a perfect two-week trip to Italy, I recommend beginning in Venice and traveling to Florence, Pisa, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, and Amalfi. I recommend two nights in Venice, three nights in Florence, four nights in Rome, and four nights in Sorrento. On this trip, see St. Peter’s at the Vatican, the Sistene Chapel, Michelangelo’s David, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, the Colosseum in Rome, St. Mark’s in Venice, and Pompeii, among many other...
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Nov 22, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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As we enter the 2017 Holiday Travel Season, I want to share with you six tips that might be useful this year for helping you enjoy holiday travel. I have some general suggestions with specific examples for you to consider, along with links for more information from a variety of travel resources. If you are reading this on my website, www.oneperfectdayin.org, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article and click on the accompanying podcast link for even more information. Be aware of 2017...
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Nov 15, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Deciding where to stay at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, can be one of the most important decisions affecting the quality of your Disney vacation. Since I have stayed in many of the hotels and resorts in and around Disney World, I wanted to take some time to expand on the information I have shared before on my podcasts and website about hotel options. In this blog and podcast, I will highlight hotels and resorts near Epcot, Disney Springs, and the Magic Kingdom, including resorts located...
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Nov 12, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an oasis in the middle of the city. It is a fun place to spend a day or part of a day any time of year. There are fountains, an indoor conservatory and orchid center, a garden with a view over the Atlanta skyline, a glass windowed restaurant with views over the gardens, Chihuly glass sculptures, and a fun children’s garden with a slide, a small swinging bridge, and other fun places to explore. Special events are held throughout the year, including holiday light...
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Nov 11, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you are a Christian visiting Orlando, Florida, consider taking a day to see the Holy Land Experience. There are plenty of entertaining and educational opportunities at the Holy Land Experience to help you grow in your faith. Learn about the Bible by viewing authentic papyrus and scrolls from the earliest writings of scripture, as well as early Bibles of the middle ages and beyond. Visit replicas of holy sites including the Temple, Calvary’s Garden Tomb, Golgotha, Jerusalem’s Western...
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Nov 6, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you are visiting Epcot at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, use this dining guide to plan your visit. Epcot’s  World Showcase restaurants serve menu items representative of the cuisine of the countries represented, so you can “dine around the world” at Epcot. The restaurants are staffed with citizens of the countries represented, so this is a terrific way to get to know people from around the world. Many of the full table service restaurants at Epcot are extremely popular, so make...
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Nov 3, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you are visiting the Orlando area, whether or not you are visiting the theme parks at Disney World or Universal Studios, be sure to visit Disney Springs at least one day for lunch and/or dinner. The dining and entertainment complex has recently been expanded to include many more options, and a few more will open later in 2018, as well. And, unlike the theme park areas, it is free to enter the complex! (This post was updated May 22, 2018.) This tour of table service restaurants in the Disney...
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Oct 26, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Limerick is about 2 ½ hours from Dublin via train, bus or car. It makes a nice lunch stop before continuing on your way to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, or other amazing destinations in the west of Ireland. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the 13th century King John’s Castle. Have a fantastic, reasonably priced meal in one of Ireland’s top 100 restaurants. Stroll along the banks of the river Shannon and see some of the other sights of Limerick as you learn a bit about...
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If you visit Ireland, try to spend at least two days exploring Killarney. This town makes a great base for exploring the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsula, and its many highlights warrant at least two days for exploring the town and the Killarney National Park. On your first day, take a walk or a horse and buggy ride through Killarney National Park. See the ruins of a medieval abbey, majestic Torc waterfall, and the historic Muckross House, once owned by brewing magnate Arthur Guinness....
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Oct 23, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Save time and money to get the best out of your travel experience by planning in advance and taking advantage of special offers and opportunities. Below are 10 tips with some examples to help you enjoy your trip. (Listen to the podcast at the link at the end of this article for a review of all of this information and much more!) Travel Tip 1 – Check out credit card offers to fly for free on points. Look for credit card offers that might work for your typical purchasing habits and earn free...
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Oct 20, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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If you visit Dublin, be sure to take a day or part of a day to visit the town of Howth on the Irish Sea. If possible, pick a day with little wind, so you can take the ferry around the island, Ireland’s Eye. In the town, visit the ruins of a medieval abbey, walk inside a defensive tower built to watch for potential invaders from Napoleon’s army that is now a vintage radio museum, and see Howth Castle, still inhabited by descendants of the original Lord who arrived in Howth in 1177 AD. Near...
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Did you know that some of Dublin’s most visited sights are intertwined with the history of Christianity? The richly illustrated Book of Kells, containing the Gospels of the Bible, draws almost one million visitors per year to Dublin’s Trinity College. The Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle, with some of the oldest writings of the Bible, draws nearly 300,000 visitors per year. And, of course, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral are must-see sights for every visitor to...
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Oct 13, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Did you know that Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city with a rich history from its Viking founders? Did you know the Irish tricolor flag was first raised in Waterford by Thomas Meagher? And Thomas Meagher went on to become the first Governor of Montana? Oh, and don’t miss the Waterford Crystal factory and, best of all, the one-hour overview Waterford City Walking Tour with Jack Burtchaell! Listen to Jack on the podcast accompanying this post by clicking below:...
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Did you know that Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library was Europe’s Museum of the Year in 2002 and its collections have only grown since then? Did you know that this often overlooked gem contains some of the oldest writings of the Bible, including the earliest known book containing all four Gospels, the earliest copy of the letters of St. Paul, and the earliest individual copy of St. John’s Book of Revelation? And, did you know the Chester Beatty Library is right in the heart of Dublin at...
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Sep 28, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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See Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Marienbrucke, Museum of the Bavarian Kings, and Alpenrose am See. Learn about Train Trip Savings and Travel Tips. It’s an Easy Day Trip from Munich – even during Oktoberfest! Hello fellow travel lovers! I wanted to share with you how it is easy to visit the famous Neuschwanstein fairy tale castle on a day trip from Munich via train on your own without having to pay a high price for a tour. My family and I have visited Neuschwanstein on our own from Munich...
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Sep 17, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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We spent a perfect three-day weekend on the Rhine River visiting the towns of Boppard and Bacharach, including viewing the many castles along the Rhine on a short half-day cruise between these two towns, and I wanted to share the plan with you in case you have the opportunity to visit this region, too. We arrived in Frankfurt on a Friday morning and traveled to Heidelberg on Sunday afternoon, staying two nights in Boppard. Boppard is a little over an hour from Frankfurt airport via direct train...
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Sep 11, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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As you know if you have listened to my podcasts or read my blogs, I am a planner. My goal is to make sure my valuable travel time and money is spent wisely. When traveling with others, that means spending some time in advance to set realistic expectations for enjoying the trip together. Having traveled a great deal over the years with family and friends of all ages and interests, I have learned a few things that might help you have a perfect trip based on what has (or hasn’t!) worked for me....
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Did you know Bergen was the capital of Norway until 1299? And did you know that its Bryggen seafront is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Or, that ten percent of its population is made up of students? Whether you are in Bergen for a cruise stop, arriving here before sailing on one of the many fjords at the base of Bergen’s seven surrounding mountain peaks, or visiting for several days, consider taking this self-guided walking tour to get an overview of all the highlights and perhaps spending some...
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Sep 5, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Below are 11 travel scams, overcharges, or crimes of opportunity that have caused problems for me. I have listed what I have learned from each as a solution, so hopefully you can learn from my experiences. My travel philosophy is to plan as much as I can so travel will go as perfectly as possible, but to be prepared for problems that may occur. I try to deal with problems by correcting what I can during my trip and keeping records for handling the rest after the trip. Then, most importantly, I...
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Aug 29, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Click above to listen to the podcast. Pictures, maps and information are below: Capri – 10 Highlights Is there anywhere more beautiful than the Island of Capri? Judge for yourself when you explore the island using this walk. Visit the two towns of Capri: Capri town and Anacapri. Enjoy the scenic views, beach, shops in all price ranges, restaurants, and historical churches. Consider taking a boat tour around the island to see the famous Faraglioni Rocks up close. Take a rest on a chair lift up...
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Aug 25, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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Click above to listen. Descriptions, pictures, walking tour, maps and website links are below. Innsbruck is one of Europe’s most picturesque cities and offers one of the only places where you can glide to the top of the Alps in about 30 minutes via a funicular and cable car that begins in the city center. This highlight post includes a walking tour that begins and ends at the main train station. So, even if you only have one day to visit Innsbruck via train, this tour would provide the...
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Use this guide to see all the top sights in Munich, Germany. Start by watching the famous Glockenspiel as the clock strikes 11 am or noon each day and the figures inside it come to life. Then, walk past churches, historical buildings, and plazas. Stop to watch surfers – yes surfers – in a river in the park before you spend some time in one of the world-class museums. Visit the food and flower market before ending your day at the famous Hofbrauhaus brewery with beer, food, and fun...
(Click above to listen to the podcast and scroll below to see highlights, pictures, maps and more.) Waikiki Walking Tour This podcast and blog describe a 2-mile walk that can easily be expanded to fill a full day if you decide to take advantage of some of the places to stop, or it could serve as an introduction to some Waikiki highlights that you could come back to visit later. It begins at a surfing spot on Waikiki Beach at the foot of Diamond Head Crater looming above Waikiki, then it winds...
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Aug 10, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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This blog and podcast features the area of London from St. Paul’s, across the Millennium Bridge over the Thames and along the Thames toward Big Ben and Westminster Bridge. You can follow along by reading the text below, listening to the podcast, and/or searching for the interactive map and pictures by searching on London, and then Thames River Walk, on the website http://www.walkli.com. (For now, Walkli is only available on your computer, but mobile versions are coming soon.) The screenshots...
(Click above to listen to the podcast. See below for information and pictures.) Highlights of 8 Washington DC Monuments and Memorials This is the second of 2 blogs/podcasts focusing on Washington, D.C. In this podcast, I focus on eight of the most famous memorials and monuments along the National Mall. Pictures, links, and maps are included below to provide additional resources to help you enjoy the monuments and memorials. The letters beside each of the eight memorials and monuments described...
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(Click above to listen to the podcast. See below for information and pictures.) Washington, DC can be a little overwhelming with so many world-class things to see and do available to you. This podcast highlights 7 of the don’t-miss top museums along the National Mall, and they are all free to visit. Pictures, links, and maps are included below to provide additional resources to help you enjoy the museums. The letters beside each of the museums highlighted below correspond to the letters on...
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Jul 27, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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This London – Hyde Park and Knightsbridge post, podcast and walking tour with maps has it all….from the Wellington Arch through Hyde Park, past three of the world’s greatest museums (that are free to visit), and ending at Harrods – possibly the world’s greatest department store!  It is the third of three podcasts featuring London in my One Perfect Day in Travel podcast series. See the bottom of this post for links to my other London podcasts and for a link to a one-day London...
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This article, walking tour, and podcast focuses on the Westminster Area of London and the Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square environs. You can follow along by reading the text below, listening to the podcast, and/or searching for the interactive map and pictures by searching on London, and then Westminster Walk, on the website walkli.com. The screenshots of the map are taken from the Walkli map. The numbers are aligned with the letters on the map. (Click above to listen to the podcast. See...
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Jul 20, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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In this podcast I talk about travel in general, traveling as a family, and discuss travel tips for using money and time most efficiently while traveling. My daughter, Melanie, and I discuss her recent trip to London with her husband as an introduction to the next two podcasts that will feature more in-depth London information with walking tours and more tips. We discuss why London is a great destination for first time international travelers from English-speaking countries, like the United...
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Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, known primarily for banking and commerce. It was founded by the Romans in about 15 BC. Zurich’s international airport and large, modern train station make it a great place to begin and end a trip to Switzerland. Travelers often miss exploring this walkable, enjoyable city. It is a great place to spend at least one perfect day of your trip to Switzerland. This walking tour highlights 16 things to do and places to see in Zurich. You can follow along by...
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Lucerne is a traditional Swiss city in central Switzerland surrounded by the Alps, only an hour from Zurich by train. The city has sights to explore, shopping, restaurants, a river, a lake, and easy connections via train to all of Switzerland. Lucerne is easy to explore on your own. Here is a suggested walking tour to follow. The podcast aligns with the tour. (Click above to listen to the podcast. See below for information and pictures.) 1-A – Lion Monument (Lowendenkmal) – Lion of Lucerne...
(Click above to listen to the podcast. See below for information and pictures.)  Engelberg and Mount Titlis, Switzerland Engelberg is a small town in the Alps of Switzerland less than an hour from Lucerne and less than two hours from Zurich by train. It is surrounded by Alps, including Mount Titlis, the home of year-round snow due to the glacier on its peak. The Engelberg-Mount Titlis area is the largest winter and summer holiday destination in central Switzerland. Getting to Engelberg and...
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Lugano, Switzerland Lugano is a town of 60,000 people nestled along the glacial Lake Lugano. It is known for its waterfront promenade, neoclassical buildings, upscale shopping district, cafes, and Mediterranean climate. It is located in the Swiss canton of Ticino, an Italian-speaking region in southern Switzerland with palm-lined lakes and Alpine mountain peaks. 12 Lugano Highlights – Places to Go, Things to Do, Restaurants, Shops, and Podcast I’ve put together a little tour that highlights...
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If you want to see the 11 Copenhagen walking tour stops highlighted below on a great interactive map in more detail, check out the website www.walkli.com and search for “Copenhagen” and click on the “City Highlights” walk that I created there. You can access walkli on your phone or tablet, as well. This entire walk is a little over three miles. If you don’t want to complete the entire walk, you can take a look at the Walkli map to help you decide if you want to skip anything. The...
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Use this itinerary to visit Nashville, Tennessee, and see 13 Highlights over the course of one perfect day. (Click the bar above to listen to the podcast. See below for information and pictures.) 13 Nashville Highlights Country Music and History: 1. Country Music Hall of Fame – http://countrymusichalloffame.org During the annual 4-day CMA Fest in early June, visitors who present their official CMA Music Festival badges or tickets will enjoy special discounts*, including $4 off adult general...
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Apr 28, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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One Perfect Day in Travel Podcast Highlights 15 fun things to do and/or places to stay/visit in Key West! Key West, Florida is open and ready for business. Read below and listen to the podcast for 15 highlights to do now! (Click above to listen to the podcast. See below for information.) Details: 1 – Get an overview via the Key West Trolley or the Conch Tour Train. Get Old Town Trolley Key West tickets with discount for online booking. – Website: https://www.trolleytours.com/key-west/ticket...
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Mar 17, 2017 Cindy Loe, Ph.D.
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10 Tips for Visiting Disney World in Florida Use this podcast and tip sheet to plan your trip to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and/or Animal Kingdom at Disney World in Florida. Click to listen (check out the notes below too)! The accompanying podcast features 10 tips for visiting Disney World. Contact cindy@oneperfectdayin.org – for questions or more information. Kingdom Strollers is the mentioned preferred Disney World stroller rental company. Tips for planning your visit to...
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Click above to listen! Show Notes: Website: www.oneperfectdayin.org Email: cindy@oneperfectdayin.org Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest: @oneperfectdayin Upcoming Episodes: Disney World, Washington DC, Fort Lauderdale, Copenhagen, Hawaii Send me your questions or comments.